Polymer Chemist

Employer
CycloPure
Location
Skokie, Illinois
Salary
Commensurate on experience.
Posted
Nov 28, 2017
Closes
Jan 27, 2018
Field of specialization
Environmental, Materials, Organic, Polymers
Job Type
Full time

Unique opportunity to join a rapidly growing materials science and technology startup.

CycloPure, Inc., (www.cyclopure.com) a materials science and technology company based in Skokie, IL is developing innovative, first-of-a-kind porous cyclodextrin polymers for the removal of micropollutants and other contaminants from water and air. Our chemists, material scientists and environmental engineers are working to bring our novel, high-affinity adsorbents out of the lab and into commercial applications.

Cyclopure is looking for a highly-motivated scientist or engineer with experience in polymer chemistry and material science. This position will involve experimentation with various polymerization reactions, and activities to optimize production processes to support scale-up and commercial production of our two lead production candidates.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Collaborate closely with a multi-disciplinary team of chemical scientists and environmental engineers to develop high-affinity formulations.
  • Identify and develop characterization methods enabling lead materials selection.
  • Synthesize, purify and characterize monomers / polymers for formulation development.
  • Transfer synthetic processes and analytical methods to affiliated research organization for evaluation.
  • Properly document synthetic procedures, experimental designs and results, and present experimental outcomes at meetings.
  • Draft technical reports, test methods, work instructions and standard operating procedures

Qualifications and Skills

  • BS or MS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science, Materials Science or related discipline with 2 to 4 years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge or experience about process chemistry
  • Experience in synthetic organic chemistry and/or polymer chemistry
  • Experience with large-scale polymer manufacturing is a plus
  • Hands on experience with analytical chemistry techniques, including the characterization of polymeric material is preferred: NMR, GPC, DSC, FTIR, SEM, HPLC, MS, UV/fluorescence
  • Experience coordinating the transfer of analytical methods to with affiliated research organizations and contract laboratories
  • Knowledge of GMP and GLP practices for chemical manufacturing and analytical methods including process or method development, verification and validation
  • Proficiency with data analysis tools, such as Excel and Minitab
  • A proven ability to be detail oriented and organized
  • Excellent verbal communication and technical writing skills
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced, materials start-up
  • Ability to work independently, design experiments, interpret results and identify next-steps
  • Capacity to work in cross functional teams